Monday, September 10, 2007

Do I garden, read or do I knit?

These are tomatoes that I picked this weekend. I grew over 12 plants of different varieties. My favorites are the ugly heirlooms. They produce huge uneven tomatoes that are juicy and sweet.






I've longed eliminated those other pesky tasks that interfere with my knitting: laundry, housework, ironing... Those things get done whenever and no longer occur on a scheduled basis. Life is too short, I say, and there will always be dirty underwear so why stress about it??

Gardening is another favorite past time of mine. The problem I have with gardening is that each year at harvest time, I'm still astounded that the earth gives me more than what I put in. Each year I pledge to do more so that I get more but I'm always very skeptical that anything will grow with my refusal to used pesticides and herbicides and the constant battle with weeds, water and critters.


Next year, God willing, and global warming doesn't kill us all off, I hope to do a better job with my garden. It doesn't cost anything really to grow food, just time and desire. I didn't get much from my garden this year because I lost the battle with weeds that all but consumed my plot and chocked out all of the string beans and the rabbits ate all of the herbs and the drought really required that I visit there more often to water and .... Still the earth gave me such sweet offerings. Life is so good.


12 comments:

Beatriz said...

I hope to be a better steward of my time by taking up gardening. It's so good for the soul and it really is easy on the budget.

Lynn said...

I agree, there will always be dishes and laundry, so you do it when you can.

and I'm beginning to think that I am the only one who cant grow tomatoes.....

They are GORGEOUS!!

Harlem Purl said...

Is there anything as delicious as a home grown summer tomato? I think not!

Calling on Kahlo said...

I think your post is convincing me to consider a vegetable garden. They look so delicious.

del said...

Aren't homegrown veggies the best? I grow tomatoes, too, but it IS work. Still, every time I can pluck a tomato from my garden instead of having to pay for it at the grocery store, it's so worth it.

Diane said...

Those look yummy!

Kim in NJ said...

Your tomatoes look gorgeous! Great pictures, too!

hakucho said...

Oh, boy those tomatoes look so good...no I mean delicious!! There is nothing better than home grown tomatoes, yum :)

hope said...

Your tomatoes are beautiful! I just retired and still can't find the time but I am working on it. How is your scarf for the Red Scarf Project coming along? I'm working on my 3rd and last and it's not even red.

sturdygirl said...

what beautiful tomatoes! i have always wanted to have a garden, but have never lived anywhere that it was possible. i really want to grow lettuce. i've read about how you can grow it in windowboxes - but i don't even have a spot for that! someday...

Mary Anne said...

I like your attitude on laundry, ironing, housework, etc. and agree whole-heartedly. Life is short - play as much as you can.

Those tomatoes look so yummy, I can almost taste them.

Necia said...

Dee,
I admire the lifestyle you are living, and the fact that you can garden. I'm gonna have to come spend a day with you, and figure out away to garden in JC. Think it can be done?

necia